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Randy Cochran

DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Veterinary Specialist
Availability: Tuesday - Friday

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:


Specialties Include:

Electrodiagnostics (EEG and EMG)
Seizure Management
Intervertral Disc Disease 

Dr. Cochran received his DVM from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014, and remained at Iowa State for an additional year to complete a small-animal rotation internship. Dr. Cochran then went on to complete a one-year neurology specialty internship at the Ontario Veterinary College. Finally, following a three-year neurology and neurosurgery residency at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, he became Board Certified in Neurology in 2019. Dr. Cochran has special interests in electrodiagnostics (such as EEG and EMG), seizure management, and intervertebral disc disease.
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Welcome to VCA Aurora's Neurology service.

Dr. Mercier and Dr. Cochran's primary focus is to improve your pet's quality of life by providing effective neurological treatment and supportive services. From diagnostic screening to recovery, our Neurology service offers advanced, comprehensive care to treat your pet.

Specifically, VCA Aurora Neurologists can provide the following:
  • A thorough neurologic examination
  • Brain and spinal cord imaging, including CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, and radiography
  • Spinal fluid tap and analysis
  • Intensive care
  • Neurosurgery of the spinal cord, brain, and peripheral nerve system
  • Electrophysiologic examination of nerves and muscles
  • Knowledge of clinical trials available to pets with specific neurologic disorders

Your Pet's First Neurology Consultation:
All new patients are expected to arrive 10 minutes prior to their appointment start time to allow sufficient time to complete the check-in process.

After completing the check-in paperwork, a specialized trained Neurology Technician will meet with you and your pet in an examination room. During this time, the Neurology Technician will perform a full physical examination and ask questions about your pet's current symptoms, health, and medications.

Shortly after discussing your pet's health with a Neurology Technician, you will meet with your pet's Neurologist, Dr. Cochran or Dr. Mercier. While discussing your pet's symptoms, the Neurologist will perform a full physical and neurologic examination. It may seem like you are answering several questions, but this information helps the Neurologist develop a unique treatment plan for your pet.

Your Neurologist will discuss the treatment recommendations and answer any of your questions. If your Neurologist recommends diagnostic testing, a Neurology Technician will go over a detailed treatment plan and let you know if the tests could be done that same day.

At the visit's conclusion, a Neurology Technician will discuss discharge instructions and walk you upfront to the checkout desk. The Neurology department does recommend scheduling your follow-up appointment at this time. If you have any questions regarding your pet's recovery, never hesitate to call and ask to speak to the Neurology service.

Will My Primary Care Veterinarian Still Be Involved?
In many cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care, especially if your pet is coping with multiple disease states or conditions. In other cases, your referral doctor will take over the majority of your pet's medical care for the duration of its referred treatment. It depends on your pet's particular problem.

Did You Know?

  • In an emergency, the safest way to transport a seizing or unconscious pet to its veterinarian, for both you and the pet, is in an airline crate.
  • There are less than 100 veterinary neurologists in the United States today.
  • Seizures are the most common neurological problem in companion animals.
  • Intervertebral disk disease is the most common spinal cord problem in dogs.

Our Neurology Team

VCA Aurora Animal Hospital

2600 West Galena Blvd.

Aurora, IL 60506

Main: 630-301-6100

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Emergency and Specialty Hours:

Emergency/Critical Care open 24/7.

Specialty Services available Monday-Friday, depending on department.

Are you a Primary Care Veterinarian? We have dedicated resources for you.

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